Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Risk of Terrorism and Violent Crime in Bamako

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the continued threat of terrorist activity and violent crime in Bamako and across the country. The month of November marks the anniversary of the Radisson Blu attack in Bamako on November 20.

Recent criminal attacks include the October 24 robbery of and shooting at the Sanankoroba toll station on the road to Sikasso that left three people dead, the October 27 robbery and shooting outside EcoBank in the Quartier du Fleuve section of Bamako, and the October 28 attack and robbery of a shopkeeper with a knife.

Due to these recent attacks, Malian security officials have increased the security presence in the city and begun conducting identity checks, vehicle stops, and checkpoints on Bamako's three bridges beginning at 22:00 each evening.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council.